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Bestselling Author, Co-Founder of Punchbowl News & Former Co-Author of POLITICO's Playbook

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Anna Palmer : Biography at a Glance

  • Anna Palmer is the co-founder of Punchbowl News, a news community focused on power, people and politics in Washington. The company covers the congressional leadership and the White House, and tracks the industries and companies trying to influence them.
  • Along with Jake Sherman, Palmer is a New York Times best-selling author who has been writing about Congress and the politics of governing for more than a decade. Their book, The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America, became a New York Times bestseller.
  • From 2016 to 2020, they were the co-authors of the top-rated POLITICO Playbook newsletter, where they chronicled President Donald Trump’s first term, and his relationship with top Congressional leaders. Under their leadership, the Playbook franchise more than doubled in revenue and tripled its readership.
  • During speaking engagements, Palmer offers a candid analysis filled with colorful anecdotes about what’s driving politics and policy inside the nation’s capital. She has a unique perspective that comes from more than a decade of covering Congress, political campaigns, the White House and working in the Washington press corp. With incomparable access to the highest offices in Washington, Palmer is an expert on the policies, players and personalities driving politics today.
Biography

Anna Palmer is the co-founder of Punchbowl News, a news community focused on power, people and politics in Washington. The company covers the congressional leadership and the White House, and tracks the industries and companies trying to influence them. The company is named after the Secret Service nickname for the Capitol.

Along with Jake Sherman, Palmer is a New York Times best-selling author who has been writing about Congress and the politics of governing for more than a decade. From 2016 to 2020, they were the co-authors of the top-rated POLITICO Playbook newsletter, where they chronicled President Donald Trump’s first term, and his relationship with top Congressional leaders. Under their leadership, the Playbook franchise more than doubled in revenue and tripled its readership. They also created a widely acclaimed daily podcast, afternoon newsletter and event series where they interviewed top political and business leaders across the country about pressing issues of the day. 

In 2019, Palmer and Sherman authored "The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the future of Trump's America," which was the inside story of Congress in the first two years of Donald Trump's presidency. The book was an instant New York Times and national bestseller. Trevor Noah of The Daily Show said “The Hill to Die On” turned “Congress into a Game of Thrones book.”

During speaking engagements, the two offer a candid analysis filled with colorful anecdotes about what’s driving politics and policy inside the nation’s capital. They have a unique perspective that comes from more than a decade of covering Congress, political campaigns, the White House and working in the Washington press corp. With incomparable access to the highest offices in Washington, Palmer and Sherman are experts on the policies, players and personalities driving politics today.

Sherman and Palmer have appeared at the World Economic Forum, the Milken Institute Global Forum, UN General Assembly, Aspen Ideas Festival, Texas Tribune Festival and SXSW. They are also sought after to speak at corporate retreats, board meetings and Washington fly-ins.

Palmer, a native of North Dakota, joined POLITICO in 2011, and was its senior Washington correspondent. She covered congressional leadership, presidential campaigns and the lobbying industry. Palmer also led Women Rule, a nation-leading platform aimed at expanding leadership opportunities for women and hosted the critically-acclaimed Women Rule podcast. She has also worked at Legal Times and Roll Call, breaking national stories on the business of Washington. She's a frequent political commentator on CNN, Fox News and NBC. She graduated from St. Olaf College.

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Anna was well received. Her presentation was timely and insightful. She also spoke with a number of people before and after the presentation, taking plenty of time with each person, which is always a nice bonus.

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